Medical imaging uses radiation to provide images of various body parts (bones, vessels, organs) and various body functions (digestion, circulation) to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of certain injuries and illnesses.
Radiographers are health professionals qualified to perform radiographic examinations ordered by licensed practitioners such as physicians and chiropractors. Radiographers are responsible for the creation of medical x-ray images, the operation of radiologic equipment and the care of patients. They must also be prepared to recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate lifesaving first aid. The radiographer is ultimately responsible for providing the highest quality images with the lowest radiation exposure to the patient.
Graduates are highly successful on the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination (94% average in the past five years), and have a high employment rate (91% average in the past five years).
This career has grown by 1% over the last two years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 10 years.
In this field, it is estimated you could earn $49,500 a year.
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- Radiologic Technologist
At Delta, you get small classes, professors who see your potential and resources to help you succeed. Delta professors are here to teach. And, they're really good at it.
About Delta's Program
Education for radiographers is rigorous and includes classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The program and the profession are physically and mentally demanding. The clinical and classroom experiences require approximately 40 hours of participation per week. This experience is primarily during the day; however, some evening experience is also required.
Radiographers are health professionals who work in hospitals, imaging centers, urgent care centers, physician offices and industrial sites. Radiographers can also obtain extra training, either on the job or via an educational program, to advance into specialty imaging areas such as computed tomography (CT), cardiovascular interventional imaging, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or mammography.
The Radiography Program at Delta College is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. To learn more concerning accreditation please go to their website at www.jrcert.org.
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
20 N. Wacker Drive Suite 2850
Chicago, IL 60606-3182
Phone: (312) 704-5300
Getting your degree in the health field is unique compared to other programs. You must first take your prerequisite core courses, then you will apply for validation.
The Registrar's Office validates your prerequisite courses to confirm you are eligible to begin the clinical portion of your program.
- Declare the Radiography program.
- Meet with your advisor regularly. Stay on track with what you need to do to apply.
- Apply for validation with the Registrar's Office once you've started your final semester of prerequisite courses.
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In the previous five years, 58 graduates have taken the credentialing examination for the first time. Of those, 52 were successful on their first attempt for a 90% pass rate.
In the previous five-years, 56 graduates have actively sought employment. Of those, 50 have found jobs in radiography within six-months of graduation, for an average employment rate of 89%.
We begin with 18 students each fall. Our program completion rates for the previous five years are as follows:
- 2012 13/18 graduating for 72% completion rate
- 2013 12/18 graduating for 67% completion rate
- 2014 10/18 graduating for 56% completion rate
- 2015 12/18 graduating for 67% completion rate
- 2016 13/18 graduating for 72% completion rate
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Exam Pass Rate
- 2012 100%
- 2013 100%
- 2014 70%
- 2015 100%
- 2016 100%
- 2012 82%
- 2013 82%
- 2014 90%
- 2015 100%
- 2016 100%
The mission of the Delta College Radiography program is to educate students to become competent Radiologic Technology professionals.
- The program will provide the health care community with competent entry-level radiographers.
- Graduates (students) will demonstrate appropriate interpersonal communication skills.
- Graduates (students) will demonstrate appropriate critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- All graduates (students) will recognize the values and ethics of a professional radiographer and the importance of life-long learning.
- Students will be clinically competent.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Employers will indicate satisfaction with preparation of graduates.
- Graduates will indicate satisfaction with their preparation.
- Graduates will be able to competently perform all aspects of a radiographic examination.
- Graduates will pass the ARRT examination.
- Graduates will become employed as radiographers.
- The program will graduate students entering the program.
- Students will demonstrate appropriate interactions with others.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to present information.
- Graduates will be adequately prepared to think critically in order to meet patient needs.
- Students demonstrate an understanding of the need for continued professional development.
- Students will demonstrate professional behaviors in the clinical environment.
- Students will apply positioning skills.
- Students will select appropriate technical factors.
- Students will practice radiation protection.
Why you should choose Delta
Students enrolled in the radiography program at Delta College gain valuable real-life experience through more than 1,500 hours of clinical internship.
Because our program utilizes only area hospitals for clinical experiences, students are able to commute from home.
One of the very best things about Delta College is your ability to start here and go on. And, in the process, save thousands (and thousands) of dollars. It's a smart choice!
In fact, if you're interested in earning a bachelor's degree, you have several options by coming to Delta first, and then transferring. Delta has signed transfer agreements to continue your radiography studies with:
- Ferris State University - Allied Health Sciences
- University of Michigan - Flint - Radiation Therapy
Facts & Figures
100% of recent grads passed their ARRT exam.
100% employment of students who graduated in the last two years.
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